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Taipei, Beijing mull jailed spy swap


Taiwan has been negotiating with China to swap imprisoned spies, the defense minister said on Wednesday.

“It is a very important task for us to [swap] our fallen colleagues. We are working on this through the channels we can utilize,” Minister of National Defense Kao Hua-chu (高華柱) told the legislature.

The Mainland Affairs Council and the Straits Exchange Foundation were negotiating with China, he said, but did not elaborate.

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has said Taiwan should strengthen its defenses against Chinese espionage following a string of spy scandals.

A military court earlier this year handed life sentences to an army general and an intelligence officer for spying for China. General Lo Hsien-che (羅賢哲) was allegedly lured in a honey trap by a Chinese female spy to gather information for Beijing, while the intelligence officer, Colonel Lo Chi-cheng (羅奇正), reportedly helped Beijing unravel several key spy networks in China.

A retired agent recently warned that at least 10 Chinese moles were believed to have infiltrated Taiwan’s security units.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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